RNC — Republican National Conflation…
Posted August 6, 2013on:
Usually when you go on vacay, you want to make sure your house is clean, especially your refrigerator, because you don’t want to return to a mess. The House of Representatives doesn’t adhere to such a silly notion.
When they return, they have to take up the SNAP (food stamp) appropriation. The House conveniently left off the food stamp program from their Frankenstein Farm Bill, first time in history it had been decoupled, while the House Republicans larded it up with an additional $30 Billion in agri-corporate giveaways and supports.
The opening bid was cutting the SNAP program by one-fourth ($20 Billion). The bid has now been raised to $40 Billion or one-half of the annual expenditure for food assistance to the poor. If $20 Billion of spite inspired hardship is good, then $40 Billion must be better by a factor of two.
Of course, given the gerrymandered districts from which the 80 or so Tea Partiers hail, the ignorance borne from conflation won’t be in short supply this August. I can just hear these know-nothing Representatives once they return, “My constituents told me (fill in the blank).”
This pandering doesn’t stop with the food stamp program — try immigration where the House wants to spend an additional $30 Billion a year on militarizing border security when the net/net illegal immigration is now ZERO.
Or voter suppression efforts masquerading as voter ID laws, when the last major study (2002-2007) on voter fraud conducted during the Bush Administration found a whopping 86 people convicted of voter fraud out of 300,000,000 votes cast.
Or the imaginary IRS scandal where it is not usual for the wait for a 501 designation to be in excess of 13 months, but if you are paranoid Tea Partier, then every circumstance appears to be a conspiracy if you don’t get a favorable ruling by return mail.
Or Obamacare, where the eleven states embracing the Act have a new projection of a 20% reduction in insurance premiums, not an apocalypse as the House Republicans proclaimed in their 40th vote for repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
I’ve often said in this space that leaders have a duty to make sense out of experience. The greatest challenge during the next year will be politicians finding the gumption to dare stand up to the misconceptions that are the mother’s milk of the ultra-right-conservo-droid movement — misconception and Koch money.
When will this headlong, reckless abandon lurch toward a “conflation nation” stop — as soon as Nancy Pelosi, the last Speaker of the House who was good at her job, is again Speaker.
This is an open thread.
11 Responses to "RNC — Republican National Conflation…"
Comments are closed.